Luxe Chinese Seafood Restaurant
19653 Willowbrook Dr, Langley (Map)
Price: Fair (consider it's in Langley)
I don't think anyone will disagree if I say Richmond is the ultimate place for dim sum, with Vancouver following behind. Other than these two cities, I think the runner up would be Burnaby and the list would pretty much end there. Now what if I tell you I found a really good one in Langley, and I am not kidding either. To be more precise, it was more like Sherman found this hidden gem, and I just happen to reap the 'benefit' :).
The restaurant itself was very nice, I would consider it to be a little more upscale than some places such as Po King, but not as elaborate as Kirin. They even hand their own name plated on the chopsticks. Their method of serving is still push cart style which suits me just fine, as I prefer to see my food before ordering anyways.
The steamed sui mai ($3.95) was good, the meat was tender. However I much preferred the steamed scallop and prawn dumpling for the exact same price. Both the scallop and prawns were fresh and perfectly cooked.
I always order steam ribs ($3.95), it's one of my favorite dim sum dishes. I have tried them all, bad to good, these ones were excellent. The ribs were tender, flavorful and meaty. The bottom layer of taro was good as well, it soaked up all the delicious garlic/hot pepper sauce.
I have to say I am impressed with Luxe, as the food here are certainly comparable with the restaurants in Richmond, just slightly pricier. Service was a lot better than what you get in Richmond, they were mostly friendly and no yelling at all (comparing with PoKing). Also most of the waitress here spoke pretty good English, but I guess they have to, consider 50% of the diners weren't Chinese. Anyways if you do plan to go, make sure you either arrive early or make reservation, as they do seem to be the only dim sum restaurant within a 10 km radius.